Aaron Maldonado works in the Dean’s office as an administrative assistant for the College of Health Professions and Sciences. He works closely with the students at the front desk in the dean’s suite while working behind the scenes to make sure that everything in the dean’s suite is operating smoothly and effectively.
Learn more about Maldonado and the important work he does.
How did you come into your position?
Maldonado: I was working as an executive assistant for a vice-president at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island, New York. My wife and I decided to move to Florida and, because I worked in academia so long, it was a natural fit. I wanted to work at UCF and my wife and I wanted to live in Orlando. I started in the College of Medicine, but then I transitioned to CHPS in October 2019.
What do you do in your role here at the college?
Maldonado: Originally, it was specifically HR and payroll, but it has since expanded. I oversee the front desk and the work study students in the college, as well as a lot of operational things to ensure our people have the space and equipment they need. I also organize calendars for large meetings, like the CHPS staff meeting.
What has your experience been like working for CHPS?
Maldonado: It has been very enjoyable. Everything isn’t so hectic and fast-paced all the time like it is in New York; I have opportunities to really develop and hone certain skills that I develop in my role here.
How have you seen the college grow and what are you looking forward to in the future?
Maldonado: I’ve seen it extremely organized here. Having worked at other places, this is probably one of the best organized colleges that I have seen. What I would love to see, especially after COVID, is more opportunities to give others a chance to grow. There are so many talented people here in the college that I would love to see people flourish, expand and grow more.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
Maldonado: I appreciate Fridays. Here’s why; I get an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the wins and the productivity that took place. And I also love the people. We are all in the same mind where we celebrate our achievements for the week. It feels like a holiday; by the end of the day on Friday, you can sense the excitement from people who are looking forward to the weekend, but also are extremely proud of accomplishments that we have made during the week and looking forward to the goals we set for the next week.
What do you enjoying doing when you are not at work?
Maldonado: I love coming home and spending time with my wife. We love to take long walks; we’re still at that visitor stage of exploring Florida. I’m also very involved at our church. I’ve been working on a book for the past four and a half years, comparing the morals and standards portrayed in society today versus other time periods in history, like the 1960s, seeing what has improved or changed. I also love sports, I’m a huge sports fanatic, and a very big New York Mets fan.